I was interviewed by Mark Leevan over at the Corvette Examiner. Check it out!
I was interviewed by Mark Leevan over at the Corvette Examiner. Check it out!
Last Friday you may have seen a slew of online coverage from the auto blogs and magazines detailing “First Drive” reviews of the new 2010 Corvette Grand Sport. In addition to the third party reviews, the Corvette team has also made a smart move by producing a couple of online videos introducing the newest Corvette model as well as demonstrating Launch Control, the newest feature available on all Corvette models with manual transmissions.
Here are the two videos uploaded to Chevrolet’s YouTube account:
By releasing their own videos, the Corvette Team is assured that the introduction of the new Corvette and its (awesome) launch control feature could be shown in the way they wanted. The videos also broaden the audience by providing content to other web sites (ie CorvetteBlogger) that weren’t invited to the media test-drive, but would have been there had they been asked.
It also follows the promise of new GM Communications guru “Maximum” Bob Lutz to fully engage social media platforms to get the company’s message and their products past the traditional media gatekeepers and straight into the hands of the end consumer.
[VIDEO] Juechter: Corvette Grand Sport is the New Z51
[VIDEO] The 2010 Corvette’s Launch Control System Explained
What’s New for the 2010 Corvette
[VIDEO] Introduction and Reveal of the 2010 Corvette Grand Sport
Exclusive Photo Gallery: The 2010 Corvette Grand Sport
Preview: The 2010 Corvette Grand Sport
Paul Graham’s tenure at the Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green was short lived as the announcement from the Corvette Museum via Twitter this morning says Graham will be taking over the Texas-based Arlington SUV Assembly Plant on October 1. Replacing Graham as the Corvette Plant’s General Manager will be Bob Parcell, most recently the President of CAMI Automotive, a joint venture automotive assembly plant GM shared with Suzuki in Ontario.
Prior to Graham’s appointment in Bowling Green, he spent most of his nearly 30 years at GM within the various truck and SUV divisions. GM’s Arlington Plant produces a variety of full-size sport utility vehicles including the GMC Yukon, GMC Yukon XL, Chevrolet Suburban, Chevrolet Tahoe, and Cadillac Escalade.
Bob Parcell has also has experience with GM’s trucks and SUV line as President of CAMI Automotive. In a 2005 Harbor Report, CAMI was ranked #3 in truck assembly in the Small SUV category of the 45 auto assembly plants in North America. As a joint venture with Suzuki, the CAMI plant turned out the smaller class of sport utilities including the Chevrolet Tracker, the Suzuki Vitara, Suzuki Swift, Suzuki Sidekick, the Geo Metro, and Chevrolet Equinox.
It will be interesting to see what kind of announcement GM will make regarding the move. We still have yet to hear anything from the automaker officially naming Gene Stefanyshyn the VLE in charge of Corvette following Tom Wallace’s departure last fall.
To think that it has only been four years since registering the CorvetteBlogger domain is unbelievable. But it was just four years ago today that we started down this road and we’ve had a great ride. I’d like to personally thank everyone that visits us regularly, leaves comments and sends us tips. I couldn’t do this without you!
For those interested, here are some of our blogging stats:
While I usually don’t get too specific when talking about site traffic, CorvetteBlogger.com is now averaging over 100,000 page views monthly and hosting a couple thousand visitors per day. This is up about 30% over last year at this time and shows no signs of slowing down.
CorvetteBlogger.com has also been making strides in Social Media circles. We’ve established a fan page on FaceBook and have fully embraced Twitter and its dynamic community. You can find our posts discussed on the Corvette Forum and Digital Corvettes and we are members of numerous sites like VetteBlock, CorvetteParking and MotorPulse.
Lastly, I’d like to give a big thanks to our sponsors who make blogging about Corvettes possible: Proteam Corvette Sales, Kerbeck Corvette, Boundurant, Ecklers Corvette Parts and Corvette Guys.
For the second straight year, a classic midyear Corvette was stolen while its owner enjoyed the sights and sounds of the Woodward Dream Cruise in Birmingham, Michigan. It was just last year that an $80,000 dark blue 1966 Convertible was stolen following the famous cruise. This year, Birmingham Police are investigating the theft of a Riverside Red 1964 Corvette Convertible stolen Saturday morning.
According to police, the owner had parked the Corvette around 10:30 am on Ruffner Avenue off Woodward Avenue between 14 and 15 Mile Roads and walked away, leaving the convertible top down. The Corvette was missing when he returned about 20 minutes later.
The Corvette was registered in Ontario and had a license plate that read 6T4VET. Although Police report multiple sightings of the red Convertible Corvette on the expressway, no credible leads have turned up.
Check out our Saturday morning round-up of several Corvette-related events happening today including auctions, racing and cruises.
Mecum’s Live Webcast from Monterey
Mecum will be broadcasting their Mecum at Monterey auction today beginning at 1pm EST (10am PST). The list of Corvettes for sale includes a 1953 Roadster and some quality C2s and early C3s with a several being L88s and L89s. Several Corvettes that appeared at Bloomington but were no sales are also on the docket including the Harley Earl, Bill Mitchell and Ed Cole cars. For details and to watch the auction, visit Mecum.
Corvette Racing Qualifying at Road America
The GT2 Corvettes are back in action this weekend at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. The teams take to the track at 3:10 for qualifying and you can see the session streamed live on SPEED or listen on Radio Le Mans. Friday’s test session has the Corvettes running third behind BWM and Porsche with only 0.7 seconds separating the top three.
Also check out SPEED’s John Dagys ALMS Friday Notebook which shows the C6.Rs getting larger fender flares.
Corvette Grand Sports at the Woodward Dream Cruise
Today’s the big day for the Woodward Dream Cruise in the Detroit Michigan area and the Grand Sport Registry has put together a large gathering of the 1996 C4 Admiral Blue Corvettes. Although registration is closed, you can check them out parked near 11 Mile & Woodward in Royal Oak sometime after 12:00 noon. Check out this pic from Jalopnik.
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In a move to shore up public confidence following its stint in bankruptcy court, General Motors on Tuesday unveiled its 2-year product plan for the four core brands: Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GM. Included in the Chevrolet news is that production of the C7 Corvette will start in April 2012 for the 2013 model year. GM also added that the Corvette will maintain the front-engine layout that has defined the sports car for 57 years.
This is great news as earlier estimates had pushed back the C7 through 2014. This also means that the Corvette Team will now have the resources and the corporate edict to move full speed ahead on a new design that could see changes to America’s sports car that include a smaller, lighter body, greater use of advanced weight-saving materials like carbon fiber, aluminum and magnesium and perhaps a smaller engine but one that will still provide the power-to-weight ratio that Corvette owners have become accustomed to. Superchargers for everyone?
At the Birthday Bash earlier this year, Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter reassured the enthusiast gathering that the team is always thinking about the next generation Corvette and how to make it better. Now that the mid-engine layout has once again been tossed aside, Tadge’s engineering team will have essentially just a couple of years to make these engineering decisions and test them in mules which we could see as early as 2011.
As for the actual design of the car, prior this summer we believed the new C7 will again be more of a transition of the C6 body style. However, the public and Corvette enthusiasts were immediately smitten with the Transformer’s Corvette Stingray Concept introduced earlier this year at the Chicago Auto Show. Perhaps the design team will see that owners would accept more of a radical departure from the looks of the C5/C6.
Corvette sales took a bit of dip last month as GM reported 966 deliveries in the month of July. The 966 units is the lowest since January’s 842 deliveries and was 30% lower than the 1,396 Corvettes sold in June 2009. However, based on July sales of Corvettes in 2007 and 2008, the decline is most probably due to smaller dealer inventories and consumer anticipation for the 2010 model which the factory started building last week.
Our friends at BadBoyVettes have alerted us to a GM Press conference on Tuesday August 4th at 1pm EST for the introduction of the new ZR1-homologated GT2 Corvette C6.Rs. BBV says the new Corvettes will be sporting a new livery created by the GM Design Center.
We can tell you the Corvettes will be yellow and Jake will be there. Corvette Racing’s Program Manager Doug Fehan confirmed as much back in April while talking about the GT2 Corvettes at the Corvette Museumâ€™s Birthday Day Bash:
“Yellow will be the predominant color. We have a tremendous amount of equity built up in that and its not just here in the United States, its around the world…Photographers love it, magazine publishers love it, art people love it, so when you look at all the ancillary stuff that we are able to achieve by retaining that velocity yellow color, that will be the base color on the car but I can assure you that graphically, they will be very distinguishable in the way they look.”
The Corvette Racing team returns to the ALMS grid this weekend for the Acura Sports Car Challenge at the Mid-Ohio August 6-8th. The two-hour, 45-minute race is scheduled to start at 2:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, August 8. The race will be televised same-day tape-delayed on NBC at 4 p.m. ET.
We are checking with some of the Chevrolet communications people to see if the press conference will be available online. We’ll share any details we learn as well as provide full covereage of the unveiling on Tuesday afternoon. Until then, you can catch up again on some of the GT2 Corvette’s details by watching the Doug Fehan/GT2 Corvette video.
[VIDEO] Corvette Racing’s Doug Fehan Talks about the ZR1-Based GT2 Corvette C6.R
[VIDEO] Corvette Racing’s Doug Fehan Talks about Le Mans, Green Challenge and Jake
[VIDEO] Corvette Racing: Gavin and Beretta Win Final ALMS GT1 Race at Long Beach
Corvette Racing: Pratt & Miller GT2 Corvette Spied at Road Atlanta
Corvette Racing: GT2 Corvette C6.R to Wear ZR1 Bodyy
2009 was a year of highs and lows for Corvette. The high was most definitely the introduction of the Corvette ZR1. With a supercharged 638 horsepower engine, it’s the most powerful production Corvette ever built by GM. The new ZR1 garnered the attention of automotive journalists everywhere who showered the car with awards and accolades. When we talk about the low points, it’s the global automotive recession that resulted in a 52% decline in sales from the 35,310 Corvettes built in 2008 to just 16,956 built in 2009.
The Corvette Coupe remains the best selling model in the Corvette lineup with 8,737 produced (49.4%). For the second year in a row, the Z06 outsold the Convertible albeit with a much smaller margin 3,461 vs 3,342 (20.4% vs 19.7%). Finally, the ZR1 model with its base price slightly north of $100,000 saw 1,415 produced for an 8.3% market share.
Black remains the most popular exterior color with a 21.6% of Corvettes produced. However, the real surprise was Cyber Gray, which was a new color addition to the Corvette lineup in 2009. Cyber Gray was selected on 18.3% of all Corvettes and was the most popular color chosen for the combined Z06/ZR1 model. Victory Red was a solid third with a 13.2% share. Just one Corvette was painted LeMans Blue – the very first Corvette ZR1 built – purchased by Dave Ressler for $1 million at 2008′s Barrett-Jackson auto auction.
Here are selected items from the final 2009 Corvette production stats. Click here to download the complete 2009 Corvette Production Statistics.
|10U Artic White||863||603||260||0|
|17U Blade Silver||1,642||937||269||436|
|19U LeMans Blue||1||0||0||1|
|45U Velocity Yellow||1,370||439||565||366|
|57U Cyber Gray||3,104||1,416||393||1,295|
|74U Victory Red||2,231||1,108||369||754|
|83U Atomic Orange||726||409||91||226|
|85U Jetstream Blue||1,367||650||191||526|
|89U Crystal Red||1987||1,342||645||0|
|Convertible Top Colors||Total||Coupe||Conv||Z06/ZR1|
|35T Gray Beige||676||0||676||0|
|37T Titan Gray||212||0||212||0|
|31I Light Cashmere||1,764||1,026||738||0|
|42I Ebony/Lt Linen||358||135||69||154|
|78I Ebony/Dk Titanium||946||142||91||713|
|84I Light Titanium||1,611||781||439||391|
|1LT (Coupe & Conv)||3,271||3,033||238||0|
|2LT (Coupe & Conv)||1,879||1,193||686||0|
|3LT (Coupe & Conv)||5,230||3,256||1,974||0|
|4LT (Coupe & Conv)||757||449||307||1|
|MH3 6-Speed Manual (ZR1)||1,415||0||0||1,415|
|MM6 6-Speed Manual||5,225||1,455||309||3,461|
|MX0 6-Speed Auto Paddle||8,560||5,822||2,738||0|
|MZ6 6-Speed Manual w/Z51||1,756||1,460||296||0|
|QG6 Base Aluminum||3,039||2,537||502||0|
|QG7 Polished Aluminum||1,989||1,497||492||0|
|QL9 Z06 Polished Aluminum||13||0||0||13|
|QX1 Comp. Gray Aluminum||1,028||945||83||0|
|Q10 Z06 Base||378||0||0||378|
|Q44 Z06 Comp. Gray||372||0||0||372|
|Q6A ZR1 Comp. Gray||283||0||0||283|
|Q6B ZR1 Chrome||1,132||0||0||1,132|
|Q76 Z06 Chrome||795||0||0||795|
|Q8A Z06 Chrome Var1||1,903||0||0||1,903|
|Q9V Forged Chrome||5,649||3,258||1,891||0|
|C2L Dual Roof Pkg||1,051||1,051||0||0|
|F55 Magnetic Select Ride||3,520||979||1,126||1,415|
|NPP Dual Mode Exhaust||6,238||4,205||2,033||0|
|R8C Museum Delivery||392||126||83||183|
|US8 Single CD/Radio||5,882||4,487||930||465|
|US9 Multi CD/Radio||3,139||1,668||779||692|
|UV6 Heads Up Display||11,591||4,302||2,413||4,876|
|U2K XM Satellite Radio||15,983||8,058||3,274||4,651|
|Z51 Performance Handling Pkg||4,515||3,516||999||0|
|CSC Comp Sport||72||52||0||20|
|GT1 GT1 Edition||125||53||17||55|
Bowling Green Assembly Plant